What do we know about next prime minister of UK?

Time Of Info By TOI Desk Report   July 6, 2024   Update on : July 6, 2024

Keir Starmer, Sir Keir Starmer, Keir Starmer wife, Keir Starmer Israel, Keir Starmer speech
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Keir Starmer replaced Rishi Sunak and took over as Britain’s next prime minister, ending 14 years of Conservative rule.

As per exit polls, Britain’s main opposition Labour Party is winning by a landslide in the 2024 UK elections.

Keir Starmer was elected to lead the Labour Party in 2020, soon after the party suffered its worst general election defeat in 85 years. At that time, Starmer made it his mission to make the party “electable.”

Four years on, after 14 years of Conservative regime, Starmer is expected to take up Britain’s top job.

Thursday’s exit polls predicted Labour would not only win enough seats in the parliament, but by a wide margin.

The 61-year-old has been criticised over the years for a perceived lack of charisma, but his mission to drag Labour back to the center of British politics and widen its appeal to voters seems to be working.

Starmer and Labour have capitalized on the economic ruin and political upheaval left behind in the wake of  Conservative rule, who are looking to win the lowest number of seats in the history of British parliamentary elections since 1906.

An ex-lawyer who was knighted for his services to criminal justice, Sir Keir Starmer throughout the years of political chaos, including Partygate and Liz Truss’ holding office for 50 days, projected a nearly dull managerialism which has sort of become a beacon of hope for a welcome return to political normalcy.

Starmer grew up in a small town in Surrey, outside London.

His mother worked for the UK’s free public healthcare, National Health Service, and his father was a toolmaker, which Starmer said so many times during the electioneering that it kinda became a meme.

Being the first from his family to study at university, Starmer helped run a left-wing magazine called Socialist Alternatives.

He later became a lawyer and rose to the ranks of chief of public prosecution in 2008, running the UK’s Crown Prosecution Service. He was awarded the knighthood in 2014, a year before he turned to politics.


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